Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
RossiniHis Life and Works$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Richard Osborne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 05 August 2020

Saturday Soirées and a New Mass

Saturday Soirées and a New Mass

(p.153) Chapter Sixteen Saturday Soirées and a New Mass

Richard Osborne

Oxford University Press

Over the next ten years, artists, scientists, politicians, diplomats, and the pick of Parisian society attended the Rossinis’ salon in the rue de la Chaussée d’Antin to mingle with and hear a galaxy of musical talent. Though the Rossinis would entertain up to a dozen guests privately on a Saturday evening, the “gala soirees” began later giving the fashionable hordes time to pick their way through platefuls of unappetising titbits, many of them from the store of gifts and samples of pasta, cheese, olives, and wine with which Gioachino Rossini was inundated from all corners of Europe. The programs for the soirees were carefully assembled by Rossini and handsomely printed. Many of the pieces were his own, most of them newly written. In 1863 he completed the most substantial work of his final years, the Petite messe solennelle. Part mass, part cantata, it was quintessential Rossini, a serious, beautifully ordered, and at times strikingly novel work.

Keywords:   Saturday, gala soirees, Gioachino Rossini, programs, mass, cantata

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .